The Ethos & Services at Country Homes Antiques

 With vast experience and passion for antiques is second to none and is your guarantee of authenticity and satisfaction. We make it simple for you.

Worldwide safe pack free service. No breakages, that waste time and cost money. We safe pack first.

Fair market prices with no + 20% + vat,( buyers premium) charged by UK auctioneers.

All items purchased are quality controlled prior to shipping. We also provide further images should we feel any catalogue description or imagery is not completely reflective of the piece in question.

   Final pre shipping inspection. We want to first make sure you know exactly what you are purchasing and that you receive exactly what you expected. In the condition as described and depicted. You can buy with confidence at countryhomesantiques.co.uk

Auction Houses verses countryhomesantiques.co.uk  

 Our Services. Terms & Conditions.

Buying & Selling Fine Paintings with us.

The benefits in brief

Buyers   Buy at auction prices without +20%buyers premium that all auction house now charge. All post-able purchases dispatched next day from cleared funds.

 Sellers   Sell fine paintings with us for just a 10% commission. Seller keeps their painting until sold by countryhomesantiques.co.uk. We do not need possession of your painting to sell it, just quality images and all and any provenance held. Once paid for we arrange inspection payment and pick up, pack and dispatch it, on behalf of and acting as the buyer’s agents from point of sale. Buyer pays countryhomesantiques.co.uk, upon sale and after our favorable inspection of item, vendor receives a cash payment in full, upon removal by countryhomesantiques.co.uk

Buyers safeguard

Which means a big saving should you find that special item within our galleries and multi purchase discounts. And if we dont have it, our many experienced pairs of eyes and ears can help to find it.

NO + 20% Buyers Premium in here!

As former Fine Arts Auctioneers we are used to selling on behalf of collectors and client estates, valuing for hammer, with 40yrs of understanding buyer requirements. We offer ease of trading with seamless WWW transactions.

Purchase payment plans

At Country Homes Antiques we offer 30-90 day purchase payment plans for those who are registered with us. Contact us for further details and all registered user benefits.

Quality control

Everything purchased is checked and passed by us as a sound purchase “is as described”, safe packed by us, and sent from us to you. At point of purchase from countryhomesantiques.co.uk we become the buyer’s agents to check item, collect item, pay for item where necessary, safe pack and ship item from countryhomesantiques.co.uk (shipping only is buyer’s expense)

For the interest of sellers

Auction houses of repute now charge upwards of 20%-30% to sell on your behalf ( plus a cataloguing fee of course! ) and often a small handling charge as well. That is 20%-30% commission + handling etc, usually adding up to 40% of hammer total with all the little tip bits auctions impose. A hammer price £10,000 painting that has now been in auction storage for between 3 to 7 months if fortunate becomes a cheque made out to you for around £6000-£6500. The buyer of your item happily paid £12,000 including the 20% auction buyers premium for your £10,000 on hammer item. Had it been offered through countryhomesantiques.co.uk open to same/similar audiences for (same fair hammer price £10,000) with no buyer premium, the buyer saves 20%, the £2000 BP donation to the auctioneers.

We can also payout with cash with absolute discretion

Fine Paintings, NO Sale NO Charges

We only take a 10% listing/collecting fee once SOLD only. We correctly list and offer your item without anybody touching it, feeling it or potentially damaging it. We don’t need your physical item. Just sufficient images clients can depend on and purchase with confidence. As former fine arts quarterly catalogue sale auctioneers in Scotland and USA ( Florida LLC ) with live audiences and online bidding, fine arts and antiques auctions, we have always been happy to provide any relevant info on any item within our online salesrooms. to include further detailed images, further expert opinion etc.

THE MATHS

Auctioneers, from between the seller and the buyer now take 40-50% from the sales in total. Latterly, as dealers and shops have declined, the auction houses have taken great advantage of this situation. When we were auctioneers it was 10% buyers 10%-15% sellers. Now its double that and more. Our way may well serve you better, and costs nothing to try, do the maths.

The LOGIC

As Country Homes Antiques, Scotland, does not require the actual item, Allowing the vendor to hold item until actual point of sale. Payment in full is made by Country Homes Antiques with just 10% commission charged.  Your cheque for the same item would be £9000, returning at least £2500 more than from an auction house. Furthermore, it may even sell the next day listed with us. This is not so unusual with todays ability of www access. We feel we can truly offer a better deal than any auction house now, to the seller and the buyer. Do the maths and its very clear.

Further note –  In conjunction with our selected online partners, our fine paintings are viewed by 100s of prospecting Worldwide relevant dealers and collectors every week.

Valuations. If you have Fine Art, or a antique item you would like to sell through countryhomesantiques.co.uk  valued by Andrew Christie, please feel free to send us images and any information you have on the item including sizes. We will get back to you with any further requirements for accurate assessment thereafter should we need to follow up. Ever the agents for the seller and buyer alike. Nothing has changed here.

Entry form with terms & conditions will be sent by return upon us receiving your images. We only use images we deem suitable for display at countryhomesantiques.co.uk. All items must meet with our approval regardless before listing. We are here to help you achieve success.

Finally  Countryhomesantiques.co.uk reserves the right to

  • 1/ Refuse any item for listing and if deemed necessary without giving reason.
  • 2/ RETURNS MAY BE ACCEPTED SHOULD ITEM BE DAMAGED IN TRANSIT MINUS ALL TRANSIT COSTS. or PAY PAL or other COMMISSIONS CHARGED.
  • 3/ Postal items are insured with basic insurance unless otherwise instructed and paid for by client.

Valuations for insurance or probate, absolute discretion

Proof of ownership maybe be required. Collectors pay more for Fine Art with provenience.

ANDREW CHRISTIE ON BBC ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP.

Charles Braxton and Andrew Christie
Charles Braxton and Andrew Christie